cunning folk and familiar spirits

Book Club: Ch 8-9

Part II Intro and Overall: Aleja: Thoughts overall? Cat: over a month since I’ve read intro.  Oh, okay, starts saying whole point is to discuss indigenous cultures and shamanic practices and compare to early modern cunning folk and I don’t know how I feel about that.  Cultures often have things in common, and in metaphysical …

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Book Club: Ch. 5-6

We started at: Ch.5, Sabbaths and Elf homes, p.84 Aleja: Endnote 42 & 43 discuss journeys into Fairy. I follow Ginzberg here: folkloric devil is a fairy king. Cat: Did my undergrad thesis on Sir Gallant and the Green Knight. Folklorist Vladimir Propp: reading a tale with folklore and Christian lore, proof that the story …

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Book Club: Ch. 5

Kate: General impression? Aleja: don’t have a familiar so this fairylore is a bit out of my wheelhouse.  More familiar with chance encounters than working relationships. Kate: Me either, I have an animal familiar which isn’t really like this.  Maybe my raccoon spirit, or Raccoon?  Small spirit or archetype?  Both-and, probably, not just one. Cat: …

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Book Club: Ch. 4

As before, all notes here are approximate, EBoard members are referred to by full name, and other attendees are referred to by initial. Kate: As we usually do, do folks have overall impressions of the chapter? Cat: I read it in a fucking whirlwind. This one was different than the other chapters. There are a …

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Book Club: Ch. 3

As before, all notes here are approximate, EBoard members are referred to by full name, and other attendees are referred to by initial. Aleja: I am GOING TO REMEMBER TO TAKE NOTES THIS TIME!!! S: Finally have the book, and almost caught up! Aleja: Opening Question: Do you have a familiar or work with spirits …

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Book Club: Ch. 2

Once again, this is meant to be a summary of the discussion, not an exact recounting. EBoard Members are referred to by first name, and all other attendees are referred to by first initial. Librarian’s Note: We began with finishing our discussion of Chapter One, as we’d left off on p. 17 during the previous …

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